One of the must-see bands of 2018, The Blackheart Orchestra blend musical styles seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral. Fusing acoustic fragility and pulsing electronica, the duo bring together stringed instrument dexterity with 80’s synthesisers and clear classical influences. Often mistaken for an 8-piece band on first listen, they are to be found on stage continuously changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica in a complex choreographed weave of musical moods and textures. One moment their sound is minimal and molecular, the next a mountain-like wall of sound with vast symphonic climaxes. Their four critically acclaimed albums and mesmerizing live shows have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants and placements on TV commercials and films. “Beautiful, powerful and inspiring” Steve Hackett, Genesis.
“Smouldering and brooding, a mesmerizing performance” Louder Than War.
“One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” Rock Society Magazine.
“The band’s fresh new sound is delicate and fragrant” PROG Magazine.
“Their songs are all stand-alone masterpieces” Fatea Magazine.
“A great band” Aled Jones BBC Radio 2.
Avi will be bringing his psychedelic pop tunes all the way from California to Liverpool for the first time. This is going to be a fantastic and intimate solo performance featuring songs from his last two Subpop albums and also new material. Supports to be confirmed.
Guilty Pleasures are pleased to announce this very special event. Songwriters In the Round to be held at 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool. This will be a lovely intimate evening wiith 3 amazing acts, beautiful melodies and yes there will still be cake!
Robert Vincent is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Liverpool - having received the inaugural Emerging Artist Award from Bob Harris in 2016 and UK Americana Music Association’s UK Album of The Year in 2018 and performed live on The Old Grey Whistle Test on BBC4.
Vincent credits his story-telling style of songwriting to his upbringing – where his formative years were spent listening to his father’s record collection including Emmylou Harris, Charlie Rich and Waylon Jennings, plus his older brother’s introduction to Pink Floyd. In 2013, he released his debut album, Life In Easy Steps - with the title track receiving national airplay from Janice Long and Radcliffe & Marconie – and he’s subsequently toured the UK supporting Paul Carrack, James Blunt, Squeeze, Beth Nielsen Chapman and The Pretenders at Royal Albert Hall.
Recorded in his hometown and mixed in Nashville by Grammy Award-winning producer Ray Kennedy, his second full-length release I’ll Make The Most of My Sins sees him sited by The Guardian as one the UK’s top Americana artists.
"A young man filled with dreams, regret and shocking talent, giving his all - now is his time" **** Mojo
David Starr grew up in Northwest Arkansas and started playing drums at 10, then picked up guitar at 13. He has released eight albums (including The Head and Heart) and opened shows for Survivor, Clint Black, Restless Heart, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Guess Who.
“David Starr has a voice you will never forget. His music is authentic, his songs are honest, full of emotion and truth. His new EP, The Head and Heart, is a showcase for his classic songwriting style and wonderful guitar playing.” – John Oates
BRUISE are Isobel and Jim Kimberley and they blend the songwriting sensibilities of Joni Mitchell, the production values of Genesis and the epic pop of the Eurhythmics and you come close to describing what Bruise have on offer. Bruise are a unique proposition and the range of their work –from the glorious gritty aggression of their first album “B”’ to the thoughtful tenderness of their newest release “In Animal Character” – Bruise’s voice is authentic and innovative.
In life and music, Emma Tricca is an explorer. Just as Davey Graham set sail for Morocco and Vashti Bunyan for the Outer Hebrides in search of their elusive muse, Rome-raised singer-songwriter Tricca has journeyed to London, New York, Texas and further afield to seek the heart of her own music. And like those renowned voyagers, she’s returned with a set of songs that refresh the tired old folk form. Tricca’s new album St Peter – created with a cast of supporting artists including global icon Judy Collins, Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley and Dream Syndicate guitarist Jason Victor – takes a bracing plunge into the unknown, leaving the folksinger tag far behind with a rolling collection of reverie-inducing raw diamonds.
Winnebago are a band of five dudes based in Manchester and the Yorkshire Hills sharing a love for all things Alt-Country. Expect no nonsense Americana Rock N Roll and a sound like Gram Parsons on speed wearing a Nudie Cohn Suit.